Introducing Special Relativity provides an easy and rewarding way into special relativity for first and second year university students studying physics. The author establishes the fundamentals of relativity at the outset of this book so readers fully understand the principles and know how to them before moving on to subjects, like time dilation, that often are a source of difficulty for students. The primary topics addressed include conserved relativistic energy and momentum, applications of the Lorentz transformation, and developments in 20th-century physics. This volume also reviews some of the early experiments in the development of special relativity.

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

Momentum and energy in special relativity

chapter 3|29 pages

Relativistic kinematics I

chapter 4|18 pages


chapter 5|18 pages

The foundations of special relativity

chapter 6|27 pages

Relativistic kinematics II

chapter 8|37 pages

The formalities of special relativity

chapter 9|44 pages

Some developments in special relativity

chapter 10|13 pages

A postponed prelude